The Draining of the Fens

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 18, 2011 - Science - 362 pages
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First published in 1956, as the second edition of a 1940 original, this book forms the companion volume to Medieval Fenland. Together these volumes provide a consummately researched account of changing conditions within a fascinating region. The text is ambitious in scope, reflecting the author's position as a historical geographer, and covers a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, ranging from geology to socio-economic analysis. Numerous illustrative figures are contained, including maps, diagrams and photographs of the area, and a bibliography is also provided. Detailed, yet highly readable, this book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Fenland history and historical geography in general.
 

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Contents

The Prelude to the Draining 15001600
1
The Fen Project 16001663
23
The Consequences of the Draining
83
35
103
36
114
The Age of the 1 1 7
117
Triumphs and Difli
178
Inundation of 1862 at Norfolk Marshland The Nene Outfall
194
Conditions after 1900
252
Flooding in the Fenland March 1947
255
Comparison of Vermuydens scheme of I642 with that of Sir Murdoch Macdonald in 1949
257
Humphrey Braaleys Treatise 1589
263
Sources and Bibliography
285
Index
307
Catchment Boards in and around the Fenland 187
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Proposed Bridge and Embankment at Sutton Wash I325 Reclamation around the Wash Fascine Work
201
Land to be reclaimed in the Wash The Witham Outfall I884
209
Tidal Curves at Boston before and after completion
216
of the 1884 channel Cambridgeshire water engines in 1821
222
Whittlesey Mere in 1824
234

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